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March Break family concert features award-winning musician Ken Whiteley on Sunday, March 11

Toronto, February 28, 2007—Join Toronto’s own master roots musician Ken Whiteley with Ben Whiteley on string bass and Bucky Berger on drums for a Sunday afternoon family concert. The performance, part of Harbourfront Centre’s Music with Bite family concert series, takes place on Sunday, March 11, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Ken Whiteley has been performing since 1965 and making music with children for over 25 years. “Whiteley might best be described as the godfather of Canadian children's music” for his influential role in children’s music, says The Toronto Star. Accomplished on over a dozen instruments, his musical styles range through folk, blues, gospel, jazz, Caribbean, country, original songs and much more. Whiteley’s most recent recording for children, Join The Band, received a 2007 Juno Award nomination for Children’s Album of the Year. Over the past year; Join The Band has received the Parent’s Choice Award, Children’s Music Web Award for the Best Recording for Younger Children and the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Children’s Album 2006. This energetic, intelligent and musically fun CD continues to receive accolades from the music industry, parents and of course, children.

Few performers share Ken Whiteley’s credibility in both the children and adult musical fields. He has produced more than 100 albums garnering over 20 Juno nominations and two Juno Awards for Whiteley-produced Fred Penner and Al Simmons CDs. Whiteley co-produced the first seven award-winning Raffi children’s albums, which have now sold over six million copies in North America. As a performer, songwriter and musician, Whiteley has received seven Juno nominations and eight Maple Blues nominations. He also received a Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film and was honoured with the Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals in 2005.

Music with Bite is an interactive concert experience in which children can sit up close to the artists and, after the concert, ask them questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, an organization dedicated to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people.

Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

After each Music with Bite concert, continue the fun with family-oriented arts activities. From 2 to 5 p.m., visit Miss Lou’s Room for the Puppet Theatre, an interactive puppet area where kids stage their own productions on our beautiful, hand-painted puppet stage. Working in partnership with International Readings at Harbourfront Centre, Miss Lou’s Room also features the International Readings Children’s Library, a cozy space where kids can read from a great selection of children’s books from around the world. The library features books in their original language.

The entire family can engage in exploring contemporary art! Gallery Kids combines facilitated tours of exhibitions at York Quay Centre followed by hands-on interactive activities. It’s all a family friendly discovery of contemporary art. Families must meet in Miss Lou’s Room at 2 p.m. to begin the gallery tour, afterwards they return to Miss Lou’s Room for a creative activity that relates to the gallery’s exhibition. (Gallery Kids is suggested for ages 6 and over).

DESIRE: Our Lens. Your View.
Harbourfront Centre questions all that you desire. Every act of creation begins with a desire. But is desire by its very nature unattainable? Are you careful what you wish for? If it feels right, is it wrong? Through May 2007, Harbourfront Centre invites you to satisfy your cultural cravings. Immerse yourself in the sometimes bitter-sweet nostalgia of memories, kindled by the exhibition Objects of Longing; or plunge into the void between truth and fiction in Hume Baugh’s play, The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone—these are just some of the many facets of desire we are offering in the coming months. DESIRE is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com

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